This note was published on Holly Butcher’s Facebook page by her parents after her death last week. Our deepest sympathies go out to Holly’s bereaved family and friends. We are grateful to be able to publish her words here.
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It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; until the unexpected happens. I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled, and grey — most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts.